In 2020 I finally decided to subscribe to Lone Warrior, the journal of the Solo Wargamers Association, and I have found the articles in the magazine both interesting and wonderfully varied. The articles are mostly, if not all, written by their members and they convey a real enjoyment of wargaming. While there are regular contributors to the magazine, there is always a gentle encouragement to readers to have a go at writing an article. So guess what? I decided to have a go at writing an article and it appears in Lone Warrior number 214.
After a bit of thought I decided to write about a fictitious commando raid and the steps I took from set up, creating the defender's order rules, and game report. There were some eleven steps in all which expanded upon the approach I had taken with a St. Nazaire solo wargame played a year or so ago. Where the defenders operated to a defined set of simple order rules (details of the St. Nazaire raid game are here).
It was an interesting process writing the article. There was a lot more planning and structure required compared with my approach to blogging. My blog posts are diary like with mostly point in time ideas that get written about and sometimes contradicted or changed in later posts. This has raised the question as to whether I should spend a bit more time thinking through and structuring my blog posts before hitting the keyboard and the publish button.
Will I be doing another article? Yes, possibly later in the year as I have another topic which is very solo wargaming related but still needs some more thought and planning first.
Anyway, below are a couple of pictures of the game which did not get included in the article...
|German reserves arriving across a bridge as there are explosions in the darkness|
|Will reserves arrive in time?|